Post # 32
An update on mine. (1) I had several people say how much they appreciated the bags. (2) No one asked for directions last minute because their welcome brochures had lots of info. (3) Schedules and assignments for the wedding party were distributed with bags so I didn’t have to find everyone later.
We had an unhosted casual breakfast the day after, which worked great – no one minded paying for their food and everyone arrived and left on their own schedule but we got to see them all one last time.
Post # 33
An update from me … the bags were a big hit with guests. We had around 75 guests, but I did one bag per couple, which brought the total number to about 50 bags. I put advil, band aids, lip balm (we got married in the desert and you don’t realize how dried out you’re going to get until you’re there), water, snacks and some other odds and ends in there. Mostly things you wouldn’t think to pack but would appreciate having pre- or post-party. I got everything at the dollar store/Costco/online in bulk so the price per item was never more than 50 cents. Some things were only ~10 cents each, like the Kleenexes and the water. Many people said that the water/Advil “saved” them the night of the wedding. And since a lot of people were arriving the day of the wedding and rushing from the hotel to the venue, they appreciated having the snacks to tide them over until they got to the wedding. One person even used her bag as a purse at the wedding, which was cute. We spent maybe $300 total for the contents (plus a little more for custom tote bags, which were totally unnecessary but which my mother offered to pay for, so why not). I probably could have stopped around $200, but I went a little crazy on Costco snacks at the end. I’m not sure what else I could have bought for that money … an additional meal for all 75 guests would’ve cost way more. Overall, I was really glad I did them. Making the guests feel welcome and showing my appreciation for the distances they had traveled to get there was super, super important to me. I know there are tons of other ways to do that (and we did do a lot of other things throughout the weekend), but the bags were a nice, tangible, (relatively) inexpensive gesture.
One BIG note … putting them together was a LOT of work, and I had no bridal party, so I was doing it all myself. Even though I thought I was super organized, it was still a lot of rushing at the end. So, just be prepared for that aspect. If I had it to do over, I’d eliminate any perishables from the bags and get them totally ready to go a week before the wedding.
Oh, and we just put sunscreen in the bathroom at the venue. Mini sunscreens are expensive and it’s not really enough to last you very long. Yes, people should remember to wear sunscreen when they go out in the desert, but lots of people forgot and it was almost all gone by the end of the day.
Post # 34
bottled water, flip flops, paper fan,
Post # 35
i think they are worth the effort and don’t have to be outrageously expensive